60 Second Tent and Other Stuff for Motorcycle Camping
We Rode and Camped All the Way to Sturgis South Dakota
That is 1200 miles from our home in Northern California.
All photos by Sherry Hewins
Packed and Ready
Here we are with the 1947 Knucklehead, ready to go. When the bike was all packed, that was one seriously wide load. We rode through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We rode through 100° heat and we weathered thunderstorms and hail in our trusty little tent. You can see it in the silver bag on the right side of the bike.
Setting up Camp is So Easy With a 60 Second Tent
My husband and I have been riding vintage Harleys for the past 30 years. We never use a chase truck, but usually travel alone and carry everything we need with us. We travel long distances on our motorcycle, camping along the way, so we pitch the tent every night and break camp every morning.
The 60 Second Tent makes setting up camp so much quicker and easier. It's great for when you pull in late at night, or when bad weather suddenly hits. You'll be snug in bed while everyone else is still looking for their tent poles.
is made just like a regular dome tent except the poles are already inserted and they just fold up. You unfold the tent and lock the hinges in place and you're ready for bed. It folds up slightly bigger and heavier than a regular dome tent, but the ease of setting up this pop-up tent makes it well worth the small amount of extra weight. The 60 Second Tent
When we are traveling with other bikes, we pull in to a campground and throw up our tent. While everyone else is still setting up, we're kicking back having a beer. Besides that, I can't tell you how many couples I've seen get in a huge argument over setting up the tent. This tent might even save your relationship.
We could get by with a regular dome tent if we were staying a few days, but when traveling and breaking camp every day, I just wouldn't do without one of these. We got this tent about fifteen years ago. We have used the hell out of this thing, and it's still going strong.
It would be great for car camping, too. It's probably not ideal for backpacking since it is a little heavier than a regular dome tent.
The 60 Second Tent in ActionClick thumbnail to view full-size
Our Sturgis Trip in PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Other Compact Gear for Camping
The Amazing Pocket Chair
When you're camping, sometimes it's hard to find a place to sit. Your butt can get sore sitting on the rough, hard ground. With space so limited, it can be challenging to find a portable seat to carry on your motorcycle.
I saw the pocket chair on TV, and I just had to get one. It is really is amazing. It folds up very small and flat. It is perfect for throwing in the saddlebags, and I have seen it hold a 250 pound man.
It doesn't really fit in your pocket, but it fits in the saddlebags just fine.
Pocket Chair in Action
Sleeping Bag: Down or Fiberfill
A warm and compact sleeping bag is a must have item when you are sleeping outdoors. You have two choices when it comes to a good sleeping bag. Down is really the warmest material for its size and weight, but it loses its ability to insulate if it gets wet.
Synthetic fiberfill is almost as efficient as down, and it performs better if it gets wet. It is also more economical.
Whichever one you choose, they can both be squeezed into a tiny stuff sack, making them good choices for motorcycle camping.
Compact Camp Stove
It is inexpensive, very light and compact, so it won't take up much room. It uses solid fuel tablets; they are much safer to carry in the saddlebags than liquid or gas fuel. It's very simple, so there is not much on it to break.
Enjoy the Ride
If you have not been motorcycle camping, I hope you'll try it. If you have, I hope I've given you some new ideas to make your next adventure even more enjoyable. Be safe out there.